Paul Geaney scores Kerry’s crucial goal despite the efforts of Cork’s Michael Shields at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 From the inseparable to the indisputable, what now lies ahead for Kerry and Cork couldn’t be more different. Seasons and moods ha(...)

Colm Cooper is battling to regain his place in the Kerry team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“I’ve always set high standards of myself,” says Colm Cooper. “Me getting to my expectations is more important than everybody else’s expectations, b(...)

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy with supporters at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 Oh mercy. They said Cork might struggle to rekindle the fire of 13 days ago, and so it proved, Kerry safely keeping the Munster fo(...)

Colm Cooper has been named on the substitutes’ bench again for the Munster final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The news came and went on Thursday night with all the fanfare of a fógra in the bottom corner of the parish bulletin. Four changes on the Kerry team, (...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Mark Collins reacts with dismay as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty for Kerry in the Munster final in Killarney. photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry won last year’s All-Ireland title with a late and audacious high-wire act and there was more trapeze artistry to be seen in Killarney as they he(...)

Mark Collins of Cork reacts as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty against him during the Munster SFC Final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Call them charmed or call them haunted. Or call it the poise of All-Ireland champions. The sun still shone over Fitzgerald Stadiu(...)

This is where Colm Cooper is used to being, in the Kerry starting XV. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ah, the bench. Is there a more complex or analysed piece of furniture in the entire catalogue of GAA interior and exterior decor? Thursday night’s new(...)

Éamonn Fitzmaurice made the move into management with what appeared to be seamless ease. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the litany of minor miracles concocted by Kerry last summer, their Munster final win against Cork has been almost forgotten. It takes a singular(...)

Cork defender James Loughrey: “Personally I’ll never forget the Munster final,” he said of last year, “and I’m sure a lot of the boys won’t, but collectively – it was just a game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While this rivalry occasionally produces the unexpected, the trend is clear: Kerry win more often than Cork. That trend hardens in Killarney, where(...)